Tracking the 2015 Nobel Prize Winners

The 2015 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week. Keep track of the winners here as they are revealed.

Physiology or Medicine: Half of this prize was awarded to Youyou Tu, a scientist affiliated with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The other half was awarded jointly to William C. Campbell, a biochemist and research fellow emeritus at Drew University, in New Jersey, and Satoshi Omura, a professor emeritus at Kitasato University, in Japan. The three were honored for their discove…


Texas Southern U. on Lockdown After One Killed and One Wounded in Shooting

[Updated (10/9/2015, 6:30 p.m.) with more information from the police.]

Texas Southern University was put on lockdown and canceled classes Friday afternoon after two students were shot in a housing complex at the edge of the campus, The Houston Chronicle reports. One person, a freshman, was killed, another student was wounded, and the police said two of three suspects had been detained for questioning.

Neither the victims nor those detained were immediately identified.

The shooting is the third …


U. of Wisconsin Lifts Cap on Out-of-State Undergraduates

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has lifted its cap on out-of-state undergraduates despite criticism that the proposal was intended primarily to raise revenue. The Associated Press reports that the university’s president, Rebecca M. Blank, told system regents that the university would more aggressively recruit in-state students in the absence of the 27.5-percent cap.

The university system is grappling with a controversial $250-million budget cut in state funds over two years. Out-of-state …


One Person Is Dead, 3 Wounded, in Shooting at Northern Arizona U.

[Updated (10/9/15, 6:54 p.m.) with more details.]

One person was killed and three were wounded after a shooting early Friday morning at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, according to a series of updates from the university. The Associated Press reported that the police said the shooting had begun as a fight between two groups of students.

The New York Times reported that the victims were all members of a campus fraternity, Delta Chi. The fraternity’s executive director, Justin P. Sherma…


California Court Says College Students Cannot Expect Protection From Classroom Crimes

A division of California’s Second District Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that a woman who was attacked six years ago by a classmate wielding a kitchen knife in a UCLA chemistry lab cannot hold the university responsible, the Associated Press reports. Public colleges have no obligation to protect students from crimes committed by other students, the court ruled.

In its 2-to-1 ruling on Wednesday, the appellate panel overturned a lower court’s ruling. Katherine Rosen, the student who was all…


Defense Department Suspends U. of Phoenix From Its Tuition Assistance Program

[Updated (10/9/2015, 11:49 a.m.) with a copy of the department's letter to the university and a statement by Phoenix's president.]

The U.S. Department of Defense has put the University of Phoenix on probation and prohibited it from enrolling new students who are using the department’s Tuition Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to active-duty servicemembers. While on probationary status, Phoenix can continue to serve previously accepted active-duty servicemembers using their Tuition…


Responding to Racist Incidents, U. of Missouri Requires Diversity Training for Students and Employees

In response to racial incidents that caused a furor, the University of Missouri at Columbia will begin mandatory diversity training in January. The university’s chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, made the announcement in a message to the campus on Thursday morning, and publicized it on Twitter:


According to the university, first-time students will be requ…


Purdue Says It Overreacted by Deleting Video of Journalist Who Showed Classified Slides

Purdue University says it overreacted when it took down a video of the journalist Barton Gellman’s recent presentation on national-security journalism because it contained classified slides released by Edward Snowden.

Mr. Gellman wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that the university confirmed it had deleted the video of his presentation after consulting with the Defense Security Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Defense. The episode amounted to “an overreaction while attempting to co…


After Criticism, a Controversial Effort to ‘Recast’ Admissions Pushes Back Its Start Date

Organizers of the much-talked-about effort to “recast” the college-admissions process are pushing back its start date, from January to April, according to an email on Wednesday from the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success to college counselors.

The planned January release of the coalition’s “virtual college locker” feature, which would allow high-school students to upload videos and essays in real time, has prompted worries among counselors and others that the effort is moving too f…


Eastern Kentucky U. Cancels Classes and Moves Football Game After Threats

Eastern Kentucky University has canceled classes through Friday and moved Thursday’s home football game in response to a series of violent threats made on the campus and online. According to The Eastern Progress, the campus newspaper, university officials said on Wednesday that posts on social media had increased the seriousness of the threat.

The first sign of trouble surfaced on Sunday night, when graffiti scrawled on a bathroom wall in the student union threatened to “kill all by 10-8-15.” On…


Drury U. Cuts 12 Faculty Positions, Citing Lower Enrollment

Drury University will cut 12 faculty members’ positions, citing declining enrollment at the Missouri institution, the Springfield News-Leader reports. According to the newspaper, five faculty members (including three full-timers) will have their positions eliminated in May, while the other seven (all of whom work full time) will teach through the 2016-17 academic year.

The private liberal-arts college’s director of media relations, Mike Brothers, told the newspaper that the faculty members teach…